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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

John Simon retires from Forest and Wood Products

  After eight years as a director, and five years as chairman, John Simon has advised that he plans to retire from the Forest and Wood Products board. Mr Simon said that next year FWPA would undertake a major refresh of its strategic direction, and that, in his view, it was impor
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We can Build Back Better in Australia after COVID-19 with forestry

Renewable forest industries in Australia and globally are ready to grow and play an even bigger role in the COVID-19 economic recovery. The Australian Forest Products Association has added its support to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Advisory Committee on Sust
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NZ election policies disappoint forestry and jeopardise recovery

The Labour and National parties’ policies on forestry, leading into Saturday’s New Zealand election, are disappointing to forest industry leaders according to the country’s forest industry. Source: Timberbiz The industry claims both parties say the policies jeopardise New Zealand’s po
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Kawerau mill future in doubt

The future of another major industrial operation in New Zealand is under reportedly review because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Norwegian forest products company Norske Skog is reviewing the future of its Tasman newsprint mill at Kawerau. Source: Timberbiz Norske Skog said Covid-19 has h
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VicForests’ response to media criticism on FSC status

VicForests has responded to media criticism attacking its failure to be granted FSC status. VicForests reported last week results from an audit taken in November last year, but that was not completed because of the impacts of the coronavirus, remaining challenges arising from last sum
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Finland spruiks wood to Japan with Metsa’s relocatable timber pavilion

The Metsä Pavilion is Business Finland’s project with Metsä Group built ready to host events organised by Business Finland and Finnish businesses. Using Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL as the main material made the construction fast, light and green. Source: Timberbiz The official opening of t
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Forest fires engulf Syria and Lebanon

Massive forest fires in war-torn Syria this week have killed at least two people and burned swaths of land, state media and officials said, as blazes also hit neighbouring Lebanon. Source: Al Jazeera Syrian state television on Saturday morning broadcast scenes from the affected areas,
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Canadian study shows forestry benefits much more than just rural towns

A supply chain study of forestry in British Columbia, Canada has concluded that it’s not just rural sawmill towns that benefit from logging, sawmilling and pulp mills. The study, conducted by iTotem Technologies on behalf of the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), identified Ca
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Packaging conference repackaged to online version with more speakers

The Australian Institute of Packaging’s 2020 conference will be moving to a virtual edition later this month. The AIP has transferred the previous program over to the Virtual Edition and has also added some additional speakers. Source: Timberbiz The new program now offers 74 speakers
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